First of all, I learned very quickly that some proctor courses simply were not the best for me. I found that while they offered a lot of material, it was disorganized and hard to understand. I found myself trying to figure out how to add in sections I didn’t understand, and then having to revise my own notes to make sure that I understood it. Other proctor courses were better than this, but not by much.
One course which I found to be the best was a series of eight modules put together by Bill Drennon, who used material from several other sources. This made the material very easy to understand. The first module taught introductions to introverts and extroverts. I really enjoyed this part, and found that I picked up the skills really quickly.
The next module taught students how to do the actual proctor course. There was an entire chapter on the AP Calculus, which I found very interesting. There were detailed explanations of each problem and answer choices, and lots of practice problems. This was a great help to me when I had to practice my answers!
There were also two modules on doing the proctor course on tests. Again, there was a lot of detail and analysis, and lots of practice questions on the problems. These were really helpful to me, as I have not done proctor exams before. The other module taught students how to write good answers to the real questions. It was not as comprehensive as the previous one but still provided lots of practical advice.
The course contents were all very helpful, but there were still a couple of things that I could do better. Firstly, it would have been nice to have an actual exam. Fortunately, this was not needed as proctoring exams are offered online and in the local library. I did, however, find out about proctoring exams which have the same exams given at the University.
My final learning module taught me how to prepare for the proctor course. It taught me to read the examination rubric and also to set exam dates. My proctor course covered these two subjects in more detail. There was also a lot of information on how to prepare for the exams.
My experiences with the modules did leave me with some questions. However, I was pleased that I gained some understanding from the different modules. I would definitely take more Proctor courses in the future, as I do enjoy the subject and feel prepared for it.
The one thing I found lacking in the Proctor course was a simulated exam. This felt quite disappointing as I feel that most proctor courses should give students a good opportunity to practice answering exams before actual exams. My experiences with the proctoring course were mixed. I was able to grasp most of the concepts quite easily, but there were definitely areas I will need to study more.
My final experiences with the proctor course were positive. The course was designed well and taught me everything I needed to know about answering exams. The lectures were delivered in a fast paced, interesting way, and did not leave me feeling bored. I liked the communication with the instructor and received good direction and guidance. The only area I wish I had more of is more preparation time before each exam. The other things I would like to improve is my time management, but I will get over that as I have already learnt my lessons from the proctor course!
Overall, this was a great experience for me. I gained a thorough understanding of the subject and proctoring and also gained valuable practical experience from the proctor course. I have taken many proctor courses over the years and always strive to better myself. The Proctor course was no exception. It was a very thorough and easy to follow set of instructions that gave me confidence before my exams.
The one drawback I have noticed with taking proctors is that you are typically not given a test until the final exams. So, if you are aiming for better grades than that then you must be patient. There is also nothing to stop you repeat parts of the course if you find that you are struggling with something. But overall I am very pleased with my results and now look forward to becoming a qualified Lifeguard.